Ulm University Hospital and RKU are among the best hospitals in Germany

20. November 2023

In the current ranking by FOCUS magazine, the Ulm University Hospital (UKU) is ranked 14th in Germany together with the RKU – Ulm University and Rehabilitation Clinics. In total, FOCUS compares over 1,600 clinics across Germany. The largest independent hospital ranking serves as a source of information for patients, their relatives and doctors in order to better orientate themselves in the diversity of the hospital landscape.

“We are very pleased to be placed in the TOP 15 of the FOCUS rankings for the first time and confirm our continuous efforts to continually improve patient care at UKU and RKU. My express thanks go to all employees who made this very good result possible and who contribute every day to ensuring that we can offer our patients top-quality university medicine at the highest level,” says Professor Udo X. Kaisers, Chief Medical Director and Chairman of the Board UKU.

The placement of a clinic in the ranking of the top 100 hospitals depends on the number of awards it has received for specialist departments and how many FOCUS TOP doctors work in the clinic. In the current ranking, the news magazine lists a total of 19 clinics at UKU and RKU in 50 of 60 possible treatment areas as particularly recommendable. Four treatment focuses at the UKU were listed for the first time: The Department of General and Visceral Surgery can look forward to a recommendation in the area of ​​colon cancer and the Department of Neurosurgery can look forward to a recommendation in the area of ​​spine surgery. In addition, the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy received an award for the first time in the area of ​​depression, and the Clinic for Accident, Hand, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the area of ​​hip surgery. The RKU is once again represented with a total of six excellent areas at the Department of Neurology and the Department of Orthopedics. “We are once again pleased to receive this award for outstanding work in orthopedics and neurology,” says RKU managing director Sadik Taştan and adds: “At RKU we are proud to contribute to this good overall result with our top university medicine.”

“The outstanding result in the current Focus ranking reflects our careful quality work and the successful implementation of clinical risk management at the UKU. Thanks to the excellent performance in these areas, we are able to guarantee the highest level of patient safety,” emphasizes Dr. Oliver Mayer, Head of the Quality and Risk Management Department at UKU.

Clinic ranking
The FactField research institute evaluates over 50 different sources for the clinic ranking. The structured quality reports from the hospitals are included in the evaluation. This includes, among other things, performance data, information on technical equipment and certificates from specialist societies. Furthermore, this demonstrates participation in quality initiatives. In addition, various specialists from each clinic (quality managers, nursing directors, medical directors) provide self-disclosure using extensive questionnaires. Finally, the expert recommendations from more than 15,000 practicing doctors, clinic doctors and other hospitals as well as patient satisfaction are taken into account. At the end of the research, each specialist clinic receives zero to one point for a total of five recommendation criteria, which are included in the overall score with different weightings. The medicine score weighs most heavily as a measure of medical quality.

The FOCUS editorial team recommends the following clinics for:

• General and visceral surgery (Prof. Dr. Nuh N. Rahbari)
– Biliary surgery
– Colon cancer

• Ophthalmology (Prof. Dr. Armin Wolf)
– Corneal diseases
– Refractive surgery & cataracts

• Dermatology and allergology (Prof. Dr. Karin Scharffetter-Kochanek)
– Skin
– Skin cancer

• Gynecology and obstetrics (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Janni)
– Breast cancer
– Gynecological surgery
– High-risk birth and prenatal diagnosis• Ear, nose and throat medicine, head and neck surgery (Prof. Dr. med. T. Hoffmann)
– Head and neck tumors

• Cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery (Prof. Dr. Andreas Liebold)
– Vascular surgery
– Cardiac surgery
– Cardiology – International

• Internal Medicine I (Prof. Dr. Thomas Seufferlein)
– Colon cancer
– Diabetes
– Proctology

• Internal Medicine II (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rottbauer)
– Cardiology
– Lung tumors
– Rhythmology
– Cardiology – International

• Internal Medicine III (Prof. Dr. Hartmut Döhner)
– Leukemia
– Lymphomas
– Bone cancer
– Oncology – International

• Pediatric and adolescent medicine (Prof. Dr. Klaus-Michael Debatin)
– Diabetes
– Neonatology
– Neuropediatrics

• Neurosurgery (Prof. Dr. Christian Rainer Wirtz)
– Brain tumors
– Spinal surgery

• Nuclear medicine (Prof. Dr. Ambros Beer)
– Nuclear medicine

• Psychiatry and Psychotherapy III (Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Spitzer)
– Depressions

• Psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. Harald Gündel)
– Eating disorder
– Pain disorders
– Depressions

• Radiation therapy and radiation oncology (Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiegel)
– Radiation therapy

• Accident, hand, plastic and reconstructive surgery (Prof. Dr. Florian Gebhard)
– Hand surgery
– Trauma surgery
– Orthopedics – International
– Hip surgery

• Urology and pediatric urology (Prof. Dr. Christian Bolenz)
– Bladder cancer
– testicular cancer
– Kidney cancer
– Prostate cancer
– Prostate syndrome

• Orthopedic University Clinic, RKU – University and Rehabilitation Clinics (Prof. Dr. H. Reichel)
– Hip surgery
– Bone cancer
– Sports medicine & orthopedics

• Neurological University Clinic, RKU – University and Rehabilitation Clinics (Prof. Dr. A. C. Ludolph)
– Dementias
– Multiple sclerosis
– Parkinson’s

About the Ulm University Hospital
Around 50,000 patients are treated as inpatients at Ulm University Hospital every year. In addition, there are almost 300,000 outpatient quarterly cases. Around 6,000 employees provide top-quality university medicine at the clinic’s locations. With 29 clinics and 16 institutes, the university hospital offers patients inpatient and outpatient care at the highest level. The Ulm University Hospital has 1,200 beds and is the largest hospital between East Württemberg, Swabian Alb, Lake Constance and Allgäu. Around 3,350 students are studying at the Medical Faculty at Ulm University. The Ulm University Hospital is one of four university hospitals in Baden-Württemberg.

About the RKU – Ulm University and Rehabilitation Clinics
The RKU – Ulm University and Rehabilitation Clinics are maximum care clinics with a focus on orthopedics and neurology. The orthopedic university clinic with a center for paraplegics and the neurological university clinic with a stroke unit, together with the clinic for anesthesiology and intensive care medicine, form the acute area of ​​the RKU. Directly connected is a day clinic for the treatment of special orthopedic pain patients. The orthopedic and neurological clinics carry out the teaching and research tasks for the University of Ulm. In addition to the acute area, the house has a center for integrated rehabilitation as the second pillar of patient care. Inpatient and full-time outpatient medical as well as medical-vocational and vocational rehabilitation measures are carried out there. The vocational training area with its nursing schools, further training offers in the health sector as well as funded educational measures and projects completes the range of services. There are currently around 1,000 employees at the RKU. The RKU is a 100% subsidiary of the Ulm University Hospital.

UKU und RKU belegen Platz 14 (Bild: UKU/RKU)